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Category Archives: Automotive

SUV Safety Changed

From Small Truck To Big Car

One of the biggest changes manufacturers made is hard to notice at first glance. Originally built on traditional truck frames, most SUVs now ride on a form of adapted car chassis, lowering the centre of gravity, improving handling and stability and even reducing the weight. This one, albeit fairly substantial, change has proven to nearly eliminate rollovers, the most dangerous problem once faced by SUV drivers.

SUVs: Smarter Than Ever

The other major contributor to the modern SUV’s enhanced stability is the advent of advanced, computer-based electrical systems intended to detect and react to potential rollover situations. Many manufacturers have implemented specific anti-rollover technology that can sense when the vehicle is listing too much to one side and adjust break pressure and engine speed to avoid an accident.

More Interior Space Means More Airbags

While multiple airbag systems have become a common feature on many vehicles, the sheer amount of open space inside an SUV makes extended airbag coverage all the more vital. Airbags aren’t just found in the steering wheel and dashboard anymore, full-length side curtain, seat mounted side impact and even drivers side knee airbags all help reduce the likelihood of injury in a collision, technology that simply wasn’t in place when SUVs first hit the road.

Structural Changes Have Made Everyone Safer

But what about the safety of other drivers? One of the major contributors to SUV related fatalities was collisions with other, often much smaller vehicles. Solving the problem of the inherent increased weight and size of SUVs fell to changing the geometry of the vehicle itself. Lowered ride height and adjustments to the frame and body design, as well as advances in crumple zone and energy distribution technology, have put SUVs in line with other cars when it comes to collision performance, making them safer for those inside and out.

Volvo Repair Manual

Mechanics and writers have worked together to give both a reputable and intelligible account on car operations. The Volvo REPAIR MANUAL contains details of car construction, maintenance, and repair guides. It is a comprehensive source of service information and car specifications, contrary to the manual’s restrictive title. More than repair guides, fundamental automotive concepts form a considerable portion of the Volvo REPAIR MANUAL, making troubleshooting and repair instructions not a lemming-like procedure. Available in soft covers and with editions measuring 8″X11,” the Volvo REPAIR MANUAL makes car information handy.

Subjects range from car engine operations to troubleshooting techniques and tool use. A footnote to model specs is the recommended car maintenance schedules tailor-fitted for specific Volvo makes. The bulk of the Volvo REPAIR MANUALS focuses on the emission control and engine management systems of the Volvo. This includes the car’s fuel injection system, breaker-less electronic ignition, Charge Air Pressure Control System, automatic and manual transmissions (including overdrives) and detailed procedures and specifications for four- and five-speed Volvo manual transmission overhaul. Also covered are Volvo engine systems that run on after market and performance parts, including but not limited toLH-Jetronic fuel injection (from LH 2.0, to 2.2, 2.4, and 3.1 versions), K-Jetronic, and EZ116 K.

For the more difficult repair procedures, texts are accompanied by diagrams and illustrations. The Volvo provides a clear picture of how repairs are ideally done: from valve clearances adjustments to heater blower replacements, suspension bushings restoration, and water pump replacement. Additionally, electrical wirings of the Volvo power drive are diagrammed, along with an illustrated troubleshooting and circuit description, including fuse, relay, and component locations. With the easy-to-understand illustrations of car operations in the Volvo REPAIR MANUAL, car maintenance appears elementary.

Prestige Car Hire

Petrol and Diesel Will Run Out Fast

Most rentals allow a mileage of 100 miles per day, with additional miles available for a surcharge. That might seem like loads. But, depending on the make and model of the car that you choose, you’ll need to fill up before you reach the 100 mile mark. Plus, you’ll usually have to return the car with a full tank of fuel, so fill up only about a mile before you reach your location to make sure you don’t have to pay any surcharges.
Under 25? You’ll Have to Pay

Some companies let those that are under 25 drive premium cars. But it’s a select few – generally, the consensus is that the younger you are, the more risk and therefore the more likely it is that you’ll damage the car or get into an accident. As such, premiums for the day are usually extremely high for those under 25 and some companies will veto you altogether. If you’ve held a valid driving license and had no driving offences or tickets since you were old enough to drive, then you’re in with a better chance. But be prepared to pay and to pay rather handsomely for it.

You’ll Have to Change How You Drive

Put your foot down to accelerate the tiniest bit and you’ll jump forward very, very quickly. Brake, and you’ll screech to what feels like an emergency stop. Steering will be far more responsive, and you only need to turn the wheel a fraction to go where you want to go. You’ll also find that because everything feels so different, your driving style will have to change and you’ll need to take a half hour or so to familiarise yourself with the car before heading out on your journey – learning how to change gears, how far down to press the accelerator or the brake and even, as silly as it sounds, where the indicators are.

Be Careful

It might sound jaw-droppingly obvious but prestige cars can be worth upwards of £100,000, so it’s really important to be as careful as you can. Of course, you’ve got to have a bit of fun. But virtually no companies will let you take the car onto a racetrack – which also means that you shouldn’t compensate by running it at 120mph down an empty motorway! Many companies install trackers in their vehicles and they’ll be able to tell exactly how fast you’ve been driving.

Nissan Terrano

These engines have been well matched with the weight of the car and the end result is that the Terrano is adequately powerful. It pulls right from when the engine hits 2,000 revs and the car performs well even while nearing redline. You do get a lot of car for the money you pay and Nissan has not scrimped on kitting out the car with features. Depending on the variant, you get airbags, anti lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) with brake assist (BA), fog lamps, parking sensors, alloy wheels, trip computer, keyless entry, 12 volt sockets at the front and rear, a 2 DIN audio system and more.

A front skid plate also comes as standard on all variants to help protect the underside of the engine while driving on rough terrain. The suspension has been designed in such a way that it will remain unfazed even when driving over bad roads. The car stays level and doesn’t crash about for most bumps and dips. The car also grips really well and this makes driving on mountain roads a joy.

The interiors of the car look very different from its Renault twin; the centre console is now finished in glossy black with matt grey strips on either side, the cubby hole on top of the dashboard has a lid and the aircon vents are rectangular. The steering wheel is different as well; however, steering mounted controls are not available on any variant. Although this car does not have a 3rd row, meaning that it can take only 5 passengers, the seats all round are very comfortable in the Terrano.

The top end Terrano variant is filled with features such as ABS, leather seats, Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity, two airbags and rear parking sensors. But all these features are also present on the Renault Duster, which costs less than the Terrano. Even more weirdly, the Duster’s touchscreen navigation and multimedia system is omitted in the Terrano. It’s no wonder that Nissan Terrano reviews have always been lukewarm on the subject of features. However, the very same reviews always praise the vehicle’s ride quality, composure, performance and quality. Nissan Terrano prices range from Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 14 lakhs and while one does get a pretty good vehicle for that money, it feels as though Nissan could have done a nicer job and made the Terrano better still.

Ford Explorer Sport

Drivetrain and Suspension

The Explorer Sport is outfitted with a Terrain Management System, bringing four-wheel drive capabilities to this model. Drivers can choose from four settings: snow, sand, mud and hill descent.

Drivers benefit from electric power steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Front MacPherson strut suspension and a stabilizer bar is complemented by an independent multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar. Front and rear vented disc brakes and four-channel ABS are standard. Every model is outfitted with 20-inch all-season BSW tires.

The Explorer Sport weighs 4,921 pounds and a has 5,000-lb. towing capacity when properly equipped.

Model Dimensions

The Explorer sits on a 112.6-inch wheelbase and is 197.1 inches long. It measures 90.2 inches wide and 71.0 inches tall. Front and rear track both measure an identical 67.0 inches.

Seating capacity is for six or seven passengers. Total passenger volume measures 151.7 cubic feet. Cargo volume is 21 cubic feet behind the third row seat, 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.

Interior Highlights

The Sport’s interior features ample passenger room and is generously appointed. Contrasting stitching can be found across the seats and on the steering wheel, with two-tone leather, brushed aluminum trim and Sport logos placed prominently.

This model also offers many of the amenities today’s drivers want and expect. Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch, a wi-fi hotspot for passengers and Bluetooth connectivity are standard. Remote start, a manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel column, dual zone climate control and a 12-speaker premium audio system are also included. A navigation system with a trial SiriusXM satellite radio system is available.

Luxurious Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque is powered by a V4 turbocharged engine only. Although it may not come with a six cylinder engine as some of its competitors, the Evoque certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to power. Acceleration is brisk and powerful. Off roading capabilities are enhanced by the Terrain Response system which allows the driver to control the way it responds to different terrain including snow, mud, grass, gravel and sand. Hill Start Assist is in place which works in conjunction with the Terrain Response system in order to make it easier to make hill starts and prevent dangerous roll backs. Cornering and steering is engaging and responsive due to the Electronic Power Assisted Steering system.

The interior is well designed and offers enough room for five adults. Cabin space can be expanded based on the trim level selected. There are three interior packages available when It comes to leather seating; almond, ebony or cirrus grained leather. Buyers can choose from a two-door and four-door version; the four-door model Is easier to get in and out of. Standard features include compatibility with blueooth devices, a premium sound system and a top of the line speaker system. A touch screen LCD is in place which allows the driver to control entertainment, audio and temperature control functions. Cargo space stands at 20.3 but can be increased to 47 cubic inches once the rear seats are folded down.

Road Safety for Sport Vehicles

In the same way, quickly accelerating will put added stress on your engine, potentially leading breakdowns. Added weight also raises the center of gravity, making it more top heavy through turns. If taken too quickly, a turn can cause an SUV to roll onto its roof. By turning gradually, you will keep your wheels firmly planted on the ground.

The physical boundaries of your vehicle should also be understood, as an SUV may not fit into places smaller vehicles can, such as tight side streets and parking spaces. It is important to know where your front and rear bumpers end, and how wide your vehicle is to ensure that you do not make contact with anything around you like other vehicles, walls, or curbs. Identify blind spots and places where bicyclists and pedestrians can be obscured from the driver’s seat, and make an intentional effort to check these spots before making a turn or changing lanes.

Your seat belt should also be worn at all times. This is true for any automobile, but the increased rollover potential makes it essential in an SUV. Should you find yourself in a rollover situation, your seatbelt will keep you securely inside the vehicle, rather than been thrown out and subjected to serious injury potential.

Avoid over packing when possible, as any excess weight will not only harm fuel economy but further raise the center of gravity, increasing the chances for a rollover. Over packing will also put additional stress on your engine and brakes, dramatically reducing their effective lifespan.

Keeping up with your SUVs maintenance schedule will also help ensure that it runs as intended for years to come. Check your engine’s oil, always replacing it when needed. Running on used oil, an engine will run much hotter, harm fuel economy and increasing the possibility for major internal damages. Checking tire pressures regularly is also important, as improper inflation can seriously affect performance and handling. Underinflation is especially dangerous, as the added weight could cause tires to rupture.

SUV Dealers

There are variety of sizes and styles to choose from when selecting your sport utility vehicle. Details will vary among different car manufacturers, but generally SUV dealers will offer four size options: compact, mid-size, full-size, and hybrid. Compact is the smallest size option, featuring two to three rows of seats and plenty of cargo space. This option is ideal for buyers who are interested in sporty transportation that offers a bit more room than a sedan. Mid-size SUV’s are capable of seating up to seven individuals, but maintain maneuverability and sportiness. The largest option is full-size. This designation refers to vehicles designed for large families, seating from eight to ten passengers, or for towing purposes. The newest edition to the SUV family is the hybrid. Hybrids are around the size of compacts, but they feature gas or electric drivetrains. This allows you to appreciate the advantages of a sport utility vehicle, while alleviating one of the major drawbacks to owning a bigger car–gas consumption.

Once you’ve narrowed your options, it’s time to start visiting SUV dealers. Visit multiple dealerships and be sure to research prices and financing options ahead of time. There is always room for negotiation when making your purchase, so it is helpful to have a prospective selling price in mind. In most cases, negotiating is the most stressful part of buying a new car. Use the following tips to ensure you pay a reasonable price:

Set a Limit

When financing, it can be easy to be persuaded into paying to a slightly higher quote than expected. Know the maximum amount you’re willing to spend before you visit any SUV dealers and do not budge. If a dealer won’t meet your price, move on to the next dealership.

Focus on Selling Price

Some sellers will try to negotiate your monthly payment, but it’s beneficial to look at the bigger picture. A low monthly payments, does not necessarily indicate a reasonable selling price. Keep your focus on the bottom line when negotiating.

Wait for Counter Offer

If the dealer says no to your first offer, don’t immediately make another. Always wait for a counter offer. This will allow you to better gauge negotiations. The salesman has a lowest offer and you can bet he doesn’t start the negation with it, so be prepared for some back-and-forth.

Raise Offer Slowly

Never raise your offer by more than $250-$300 at a time. If you raise your bid in small increments, you’ll be far less likely to overshoot your opponent’s lowest price.

Info of Basic Car Maintenance

With all this power and amenities, most people forget or never knew that it is the same basic internal combustion engine used over a hundred years ago. And, electric and hybrid cars require even less maintenance than conventional automobiles! Learning basic maintenance about your vehicle can save you thousands of dollars over time and minimize potential breakdowns.

The three thousand mile oil change is a thing of past. If you’re still changing your car’s oil every three thousand miles, you’re wasting your money. You need to know what type of oil your car requires and the capacity. You need to know where the oil filter is located. Cheap oil filters will damage your car over time because they can take up to nine seconds longer to achieve maximum flow at startup. If you use one of those quick lube shops, make sure you know what type of oil they will use to refill the crankcase. Make sure you check the level on the dipstick before you leave the shop. Earlier I mentioned that you need to know where the oil filter is located, here’s why, some shops will not change the filter, but will charge you for one, if you mark the old one before you take the car for servicing, you’ll be able to verify that it has been replaced. Most of these shops lose money on the $29.99 oil change. A good quart of oil will set you back about five dollars, so if your car requires five, that’s twenty- five dollars, add the oil filter and you’re over the thirty dollar mark.

Now pay close attention. This is where you need to be up to date on your car’s maintenance schedule. The $29.99 oil change is a lure, it’s to bait you in and then double or triple charge you for a filter or drive belt or some other regular maintenance item you didn’t keep up with. We’re not trying to make everyone weekend mechanics, we just want car owners to read the owner’s manual so they’ll have an idea of what maintenance has to be done at the recommended mileage intervals. With that said, you tell me if it makes sense to take your new car in for the fifteen thousand mile service and be charged $400 to $600? What did they do to a car with only fifteen thousand miles besides change the oil?

New Sporty SUV Crossover

2018 BMW X2 Concept

As per the design makers of BMW, the idea of X2 has been conceptualized on the lines of offering a combination of enjoyment with practicality. The car amalgamates a perfect blend of fast moving body language along with low-slung proportions of a coupe that makes it a robust construction of its counterpart X1 series.

2018 BMW X2 Design and Exterior

Talking about the front side of 2018 BMW X2, it features a large kidney grille that’s fringed by slender headlights featuring signature LEDs. The big front bumper and silver lower trim, On the other hand, give the car its much talked about rugged SUV appearance. Further, at the back, the SUV coupe speaks of a low roof line with narrow windows which do justice to the concept of X2 design cue. Though it’s more like a hatchback than a sports car, it’s said to offer the best of both the worlds.

Moving ahead the wide wheelchairs add 2018 BMW X2 some muscle look. While at the same time, the broad 21-inch wheels give the car its complete resilient profile. At the back, the tailgate, however, isn’t exactly what we’ve seen BMW incorporate in its previous hatchbacks like X4 or X6. BMW X2 typically gives a more realistic appeal despite its sleek style.

Furthermore, X2, as modeled in Paris Motor Show, should have a centrally located BMW badge bordered by slender taillights and a number plate that finds itself attached to the bumper. Much similar to what we’ve seen in the auto marque’s 1st hatch series.

2018 BMW X2 Interior

The interiors of this roaring beast are expected to take inspiration from BMW’s new 5 Series classy cabin. A freestanding infotainment display that sits right on top a simple, central console and comes fitted with BMW’s new gesture control features. The dashboard will come in two variants – wood-effect or glossy metal finish.

The X2’s roofline can be a bit of a turn-off, especially for tall passengers – don’t expect to feel comfortable in the back when it comes to long journeys. Leg space also lags here.

2018 BMW X2 Engine

X2 will feature the same UKL1 platform as its counterparts BMW X1 and Mini Countryman. A result, it’s likely to brag front-wheel drive and be available in four major variants – three diesel engines and one petrol. Entry level cars will feature six-speed manual gearbox. While on the other hand, the drivers will be offered the benefits of choosing a smooth eight-speed automatic as well.

2018 BMW X2 Driving

The basic 2018 BMW X2 model will eye a 148hp diesel while the mid-range SUV’s will probably boasts of 187hp and 227hp units. To give you an idea, the current model of X1 has a 148hp diesel which returns a remarkable 68.9mpg. 227hp model race between 0 and 62mph in about 6.6 seconds only. These figures give us a rough idea what X2 can mirror or exceed.

Moving ahead, no such details are yet available about 2018 BMW X2’s drivetrain. However, insider reports suggest that the production model will feature 1.5 liter, three-cylinder motor, while its top end models should receive a more powerful motor of 2.0 liter and four-cylinder unit with BMW’s twin turbo technology.